race to the top

For the first time under a 2010 education reform law in Massachusetts the state is taking over four struggling schools.  The state will place into receivership two schools in Boston, one in New Bedford and the Morgan Community School—a K through 8th grade school—in Holyoke.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester about the action.

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20,000 students head back to class Monday in Springfield Massachusetts. The state’s second largest public school system has received almost $14 million in federal funds to put programs in place to close academic achievement gaps.   Daniel Warwick is beginning his second year as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with him about his plans to address the system’s chronic problems.

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  The U.S. Department of Education announced on Monday that the Middletown City School District is among 61 applications selected as a finalist for the Race to the Top-District competition.

The program will provide close to $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers.

State education officials say most Massachusetts school districts are expected to miss a deadline to implement a new teacher evaluation system, putting federal funding in jeopardy. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has details…

Districts are required to approve the system that puts greater emphasis on student achievement by Sept. 1 or risk losing Race to the Top money.